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Thunderbird, the Arizona-based business school, has signed an agreement with the Vermont law school, in the North-East of the US, to offer dual degree programmes.

Though business schools often offer joint degree programmes with law or medical schools within their own universities, this is thought to be one of the first examples of a top business school linking with a top law school in a different university - Vermont is known in particular for its expertise in environmental law.

Under the agreement, the two schools will offer students several degree options that would earn them a masters degree from Thunderbird and a juris doctor or master of studies from VLS. Each of the options will have different programme lengths but a joint programme could be completed in as little as three years. Students are able to begin the dual options this year.

“This dual-degree partnership joins together top schools for the purpose of producing graduates capable of tackling some of the world’s most pressing problems,” says Robert Widing, senior vice president and provost of Thunderbird. “The partnership also provides an extraordinary opportunity for Thunderbird to advance its mission of educating global leaders who create sustainable prosperity worldwide.”

Thunderbird has been one of the US business schools that has been most involved in environmental issues. Indeed the school’s president, Ángel Cabrera, serves as a senior adviser to the UN Global Compact Office on Academic Affairs.


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